Weekend Birding: International Migratory Bird Day
Today is International Migratory Bird Day, an annual event that highlights and celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
This gorgeous poster was created by wildlife artist Lionel Worrell.
The 2016 IMBD art illustrates 11 bird species. Ten of these species benefit from conservation laws that conserve migratory birds. One, the Carolina Parakeet, is extinct because of lack of protection in the early 1900’s. It serves as a reminder for the need to be involved in ensuring the future of migratory birds.
Weekend Birding has featured several of the birds on the poster. One bird that is becoming more endangered every year is the American Kestrel, a small, colorful falcon. They prefer open country and have been losing their habits. The bird I featured was one I rescued and took to the wildlife rehabilitation center. He was eventually diagnosed as suffering neurological damage, most likely from a building strike, and did not survive. Conservation laws are helping to save birds like this one.
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